Interstate 29 & U.S. 81

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Interstate 29 passes below Business Loop I-94/U.S. 10 in Fargo. Photo taken June 17, 2015.

U.S. 81 follows all of Interstate 29 with the exception of the stretch between Exits 152 and 203. The first section of the 217-mile long freeway in North Dakota opened was the 33.9 mile route from the Canadian border south to Drayton in 1959.1 Completion of the final stretch, between Drayton and Pembina in 1977, earned North Dakota the distinction of being the first state to complete its assigned Interstate mileage.2

Interstate 29 North Dakota Guides

Looking north at Interstate 29 during peak hour morning traffic from I-94. A flyover was added to the interchange during widening of I-29 between 2005 and 2007. Photo taken June 17, 2015.
Interstate 29 U.S. 81 scenes
Passing over Interstate 29 & U.S. 81 on 52nd Avenue South east at Exit 60. The original diamond interchange between the two highways was under construction as of March 2008. Work replaced the original two-lane overpass with a new four-lane bridge and added two new loop ramps to join the existing two on-ramps. Photo taken 04/22/07.
Since 52nd Avenue South interchange lies within the city of Fargo, Grand Forks is used as the northbound control city for Interstate 29 & U.S. 81 north. The community of Frontier otherwise lies ahead on 52nd Avenue South east. Photo taken 04/22/07.
32nd Avenue South eastbound enters a parclo interchange with Interstate 29 & U.S. 81 in south Fargo. Photo taken 04/22/07.
The southbound on-ramp to Interstate 29 toward Waphelton and Sioux Falls, South Dakota departs 32nd Avenue South east. Photo taken 04/22/07.
Interstate 29 & U.S. 81 south continue two miles from 32nd Avenue South to Frontier and an exit of Fargo. 32nd Avenue East continues to Essentia Health-Fargo hospital and U.S. 81 Business (University Drive). Photo taken 04/22/07.
Cass County Road 20 (40th Avenue North) meets Interstate 29 & U.S. 81 on the northern outskirts of Fargo. Pictured here is the southbound on-ramp at Exit 69. Photo taken 04/22/07.
CR 20 continues a short distance from Interstate 29 & U.S. 81 to 45th Street Northwest near Reiles Acres. Photo taken 04/22/07.
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Interstate 29 shields posted at the Cass County Road 20 (40th Avenue North) eastbound off-ramp to Interstate 29 & U.S. 81 south. The freeway heads into Fargo while 40th Avenue North continues toward Oakport, Minnesota. Photos taken 04/22/07.

  1. NDDOT - History, 1941 - 1960. North Dakota Department of Transportation web site.
  2. NDDOT - History, 1961 - 1980. North Dakota Department of Transportation web site.

Photo Credits:

04/22/07 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 94
U.S. 10 / Business Loop Interstate 94
Highway 46

Page Updated 07-22-2016.